Week 2 brought a Dallas Cowboys upset victory that almost nobody expected. The team opened up as 7.5-point underdogs at home against the Cincinnati Bengals but were still able to ink out a win behind a strong defense and a surprising performance from backup QB Cooper Rush.
The Cowboys looked to have more will, determination, and firepower in them than we have seen in quite some time. Dallas hopes to continue that as they head to MetLife Stadium to face a (shockingly) 2-0 rival in the New York Giants. A primetime Monday Night Football game and a long-standing rivalry combine for the makings of an excellent matchup where anything can happen.
As of Saturday afternoon, Dallas is now one-point underdogs, -102 on the moneyline, and the total for the game is 39.5 per FanDuel.
Let’s hope Week 2 wasn’t just a one-time miraculous showing by a beaten-up and injury-riddled Cowboys team. Starting 1-0 in division play would be a huge victory for Dallas.
Dallas Cowboys 3 Best Early Prop Bets for Week 2 vs. the Giants Monday Night Football
**All numbers are from FanDuel as of Saturday, Sept. 24**
1. Tony Pollard – Anytime TD Scorer (+240)
We already know that Tony Pollard is an elite playmaker. The running back makes things happen in both the running and passing game. If Cooper Rush isn’t able to make things happen in the air, the running game will be relied on. Last week, Pollard had four receptions for 55 yards and nine carries for 43 yards.
The Giants’ defense has given up an average of 100 yards per game on the ground as well as 50 yards and two receiving touchdowns to opposing running backs so far this year. Pollard got into the end zone last week and should be able to do it again on Monday night.
2. Total touchdowns in the first half – Under 2 (-130)
This Cowboys team is all about defense right now. Dan Quinn and his squad have done an incredible job against top teams such as the Bucs and Bengals, and there’s no reason they shouldn’t be able to do it against the Giants. Plus, Dallas is still playing with a backup quarterback, which makes scoring a bit harder than normal.
The game total is 39.5 and the first half total is 20, which makes this bet feel like a safe one. The last time Dallas faced New York, the Cowboys won 21-6 and only one touchdown was scored in the first half, with only two scored in the entire game. The Giants’ offense is better than it’s been, but it’s certainly not top-notch. The Cowboys’ defense will make scoring very difficult. This bet is 1-0-1 in Cowboys games this year and 2-0-0 in games with the Giants this year.
3. Giants total touchdowns for the entire game – Under 2 (-104)
Once again, this Dallas defense is far scarier than anything the Giants have faced so far this year. If this team could only score once against the Carolina Panthers, it’s hard to believe they’ll do more against a top-ranked defense in the league.
**Please remember that these numbers can change at any time. Check FanDuel for any updates.**